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Phil Dwyer Trio Offers Up Inspiring Piano Jazz

May 12, 2009
Phil Dwyer and Oliver Gannon at Milner Gardens in 2008

Phil Dwyer and Oliver Gannon at Milner Gardens in 2008

Jazz great Phil Dwyer puts down his saxophone and picks up his piano – well, figuratively speaking – for a local mini tour this week that will take him to Vancouver, Hornby Island and Mill Bay.

Dwyer, performing on piano with bassist Ken Lister and drummer Jesse Cahill, will offer up a tribute to the inspiring jazz piano trios, including those of Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Errol Garner and Keith Jarrett.

The Qualicum-based Dwyer, who has been nominated for an unprecedented four National Jazz Awards this year (Saxophonist, Instrumentalist, Arranger, and Musician of the Year) has been one of the most dominant and inspiring players on our national jazz scene for the last two decades.

He spent fifteen years in Toronto as a studio musician, recording artist, and performer before returning to the Island in 2004. From his home in Qualicum he continues to tour nationally and internationally as well as recording and composing.

He’s also a major force on the educational scene here with his annual jazz camp and his regular contributions to local school music programs, including fundraising efforts for a scholarship fund he founded a few years back in honour of his late father Bill Dwyer.

Dwyer, who recently returned from a trip to Europe that included gigs in Berlin, Copenhagen, Malmo and Stockholm, says that he finds the piano trio situation “daunting” (considering the lineage) but also very enjoyable. “I tend to play the piano at home more than the tenor, so I am usually in reasonable shape and Ken and Jesse make things very easy for me,” he adds.

The mini-tour opens at The Cellar in Vancouver on Friday, May 15, then moves to Hornby Hall on Hornby Island on Saturday before winding up at a special jazz vespers appearance at Sylvan United Church in Mill Bay on Sunday.

Show times and ticket information can be had at the following links:

Vancouver: http://www.cellarjazz.com/

Hornby Island: http://www.hornbyfestival.bc.ca/

Mill Bay: http://sylvanjazzvespers.com/

This is an opportunity to see world class jazz up close and personal in the intimate setting of a local venue – highly recommended!

– Rick Gibbs

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